ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-The Missouri Department of Transportation is over halfway to its goal of eliminating 1,200 positions by next spring. but officials are assuring motorists that as the reductions continue, there won’t be any dropoff in road repairs or, when the time comes, snow removal.
State Transportation Commission Chair Grace Nichols tells KMOX that in fact, motorists may see some improvement, “Because people are saying, ‘okay to keep this job I’m going to have to really produce.'”
St. Louis District Engineer Ed Hassinger says most of those leaving MoDot are the designers and builders of the major construction projects the department doesn’t have the money to build anymore, “We are not reducing the number of what we call ‘boots on the ground’, the people that do the maintenance work, the people that keep the bridges in good shape.”
With the exception of the New Mississippi River Bridge, the two remaining major local road projects will be wrapping up next summer. Hassinger says both are the last projects funded by the federal government’s original stimulus package, “The 141 extension that will match up with the county’s Page/Olive connector project that will make a great improvement in west St. Louis County, and we’re also doing phase two of the Page Avenue extension in St. Charles County.”
Mo-Dot has reduced its staff by 667 so far. It hopes to reach 12 hundred by April of 2013.
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